New exhibition at the Danish Design Centre:

a retrospective exhibition with the ’enfant terrible’ of Danish design history, who refused to adapt to prevailing doctrines of taste, discarding all norms and traditions in Danish design tradition. And who said: "A less successful experiment is preferable to a beautiful platitude."



The exhibition, which was produced by Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, is shown from 21 June through 21 October 2003.

Verner Panton had roots in traditional Danish design, but went in the opposite direction of most of Danish colleagues. He experimented and used untraditional materials like plastics, fibre glass, perspex, steel, foam rubber and other synthetic materials. Panton also took advantage of the new technologies of the post-war era and was the first in the world to create a form-moulded chair in plastics without any joints, the Panton Chair (1959 – 60), which became synonymous with 1960's pop culture. Today, the chair is a 20th century design icon.

With the Panton Chair as well as a wide range of other chairs, sculptural lighting designs, spatial fantasies and visionary landscapes, Verner Panton earned his place in international design history. Visionary, imaginative, bold and provocative are terms that have been used to describe his works over the years. Despite great popularity on the international design scene, Panton met resistance at an early stage in his career in Denmark, which was not ready to embrace his alternative to the traditional functionalism that dominated Danish design in the 1950's and 60's.



The exhibition shows outstanding highlights from Verner Panton's extensive oeuvre from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. Among other things, the exhibit features a reconstruction of Panton's fantasy landscape "Visiona II" from 1970, a sensual treat, where one walks through a vast, limitless and cave-like room.

Quite in Panton's spirit, during the exhibition period the Danish Design Centre is transformed into one large Panton universe, where the DDC's café and lounge are decorated with Panton furniture, lighting and fabrics. Since 1963, Panton lived in Basel, Switzerland, close to the countries where his designs had their breakthrough, and where many of them were produced.
"VERNER PANTON – VISION & PLAY" was produced in 1999, shortly after Panton's death.

In connection with the exhibition, the Danish Design Centre publishes the book "Verner Panton, space:time:matter" by Jens Bernsen.

DDC opening hours: Mon – Fri 10:00–17:00, Wed 10:00–21:00, weekends 11:00–16:00.


For additional information, please contact
Birgitta Capetillo, tel +45 33 69 33 09 (direct number),
bca@ddc.dk, or +45 33 69 33 69